My New Natural Organic skincare Routine 🌱

Since I finished my prescription treatment to treat my cystic acne, i decided to change my routine to not only maintain my complexion but also to aid the removal of my hyperpigmentation. Since stopping the medication, my skin has become more sensitive, and despite my best efforts keeping it hydrated, very dry.  Although I’m now allowed to use acids and actives on my skin, i’ve been mostly holding back out of fear of aggravating my my skin and making it even more dry; so i’ve been keeping it to a minimum and considering moisture and repairing my skin barrier.

I was kindly invited to the launch of Evolve’s new Radiant Glow Mask, which i’ve adored so much that i literally haven’t touched any of my other masks in around 2 months! They also gave me some of their other products including their award winning hyaluronic serum, that i’ve almost run out of 😦 However, reaching the end of a product quickly is a good thing for me because it mean I liked it so much I didn’t even attempt to slow down on usage. Things went from good to amazing when they also gifted me some of their products from their sister line S5. The combination of both brands have promoted healing and hydrated skin, and completely changed my approach to skincare.

Anyway, i’ve been promising an updated routine (which does sometimes still change because i may be reviewing new products, but these have been the general staples for the past 4-6 weeks)!

*Gifted

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Cleanse: As always, I mostly cleanse with warm water and occasionally with Lush’s packaging free cleanser, ‘Like a Virgin*’ £4.95. I’ve spoken about it a lot in the past few skincare blog posts and on my instagram. It’s very nourishing for dry skin, and sets a good base for the rest of my routine.
Tone: Lush Eau Roma Water £5.95; it’s gentle and hydrating and calms any redness from the shower.
Hydrate: Evolve’s hyaluronic Serum 2000* £30; we all know hyaluronic acid is a magic ingredient, from increasing hydration to plumping lines – it does it all. HA can hold 1000 times it’s weight in water which makes it a great hydrating ingredient generally, so always look for products that include it. It also increases production in collagen. It’s a clear serum that absorbs very quickly, and plays very well with other products. It’s one of the best hyaluronic acid serums i’ve used due the consistency and genuine immediate effects.

Treatment: S5’s Illuminate Serum £52*. I know this is one of the pricer products in the routine, but a little goes a long way. Thanks to vitamin C (yall should know about this ingredient by now) & an alpine plant blend it brightens and reduces pigmentation. It’s a lovely silky texture, that i’ve mostly been applying to my cheeks (where my worst scarring is). There’s absolutely been a difference, and my skin tone is evening out, and my general complexion is a lot brighter.

S5’s Replenish Serum £52*. This is definitely one of my favourites from the S5 range. Beyond it’s glorious rich orange colour, it’s been an absolute dream for my dry skin. A good sign of my skin being hydrated is that my pores next to my nose appear smaller, and this happened within two applications of this serum. It’s ingredient list may be familiar to you if you’re knowledgeable on your oils; buckthorn and rosehip improve elasticity and cell renewal as well as help repair the skin’s moisture barrier. It’s non greasy but at the same time doesn’t just absorb and disappear. If you have sensitive skin and don’t like to use heavy moisturisers, this serum is for you!

Eyes: Evolve’s Hyaluronic Complex £16*. Do you know those products that feel so good on your skin that it actually makes your eyes roll to the back of your head? No? Well after using this eye serum, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. I actually took this product on my recent trip to Berlin on the plane, and used it to perk myself up mid flight because we all know plane air is nasty and drying. Hyaluronic acid an cucumber extract work to hydrate and cool the eye area, whilst tuberose plant cells have been clinically proven to work on the stubborn areas such as wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness (also helped along by the genuinely sexy rollerball head for application).  It brightens, firms and smooths – basically everything you could want in an eye serum.

Moisturise: Evolve Daily Renew Natural Face Cream £28*. I was slyly sceptical because it said ‘normal to dry’ whereas I opt for products geared towards dry/very dry. However, it’s been more than okay even on the days where it’s been very harsh and dry.  It contains our fav hyaluronic acid, as well as Argan oil which is high in vitamin E and fatty acids causing a dewy and plump finish. I know some people may not be keen on the open jar packaging, but I personally don’t mind, but just something to think about. If you have normal skin, i think you could use it sparingly or go for something lighter.

Oil: Naissance Organic Jojoba Golden Oil £6.99. I can never get enough oil on my skin; it craves it even throughout the day. I’ve been using Naissance’s oils for a couple of years now, mostly on my body. However, they can be used everywhere; on your hair and on your face. I mix a couple of drops of Jojoba oil and Vitamin E oil £4.99. Jojoba oil is also high in fatty acids; these help build the skin’s oil barrier and promotes plumper, hydrated and younger looking skin. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant to protect the skin against free radicals (the things that basically make you age) and this pure version can be added to existing skincare products or can be used to make your own. (one of my tips is to use it under your eyes to help with dark circles!).

Spf: Glossier Invisible Shield £30. I finish off with this sheer spf which of course leaves no white cast and doesn’t interfere with my make up at all.

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Cleanse: S5’s Nourish Cleanser £32*. This oil based cleanser is the BOMB. Although it doesn’t remove all make up (which is fine because I do a double cleanse, and you can always do a pre-cleanse if you like), it feels like a dream. It’s actually warming when you apply it to your skin after rubbing between your hands. The smell and texture feels so expensive and nourishing to my skin. It’s ingredients are similar to the Replenish serum (buckthorn and rosehip), with the addition of papaya enzyme that gently exfoliates the skin – it’s never abrasive but your skin will definitely feel softer.

Second Cleanse: Paula’s Choice Resist Anti-ageing Hydrating Cleanser £21*. (they also have travel sizes so 30ml for £5) I posted about this cleanser the other week on my instagram. As i’ve been trying to get hydration on my side, i’ve been all for anything oil and cream based and this cleanser has been great. It never leaves a film or coating on my skin, but definitely makes it feel cleaner and soft after rinsing.

Tone: As before
Hydrate: As before.

Treatment: Paula’s Choice 10% Azelaic Acid Booster £37*; this is the one acid I have been using as it’s gentle enough to not be drying but is also exfoliating in a way that promotes good texture and brightening. Azelaic acid is amazing for dark marks, scarring and textural issues. I tried a similar product from The Ordinary but it was so siliconey that I couldn’t get it to work well with other products. As soon as I started using this product, the scarring started easing up and my skin brightened – definitely one of my favourite and most effective products i’ve tried.

Treatment: S5 Replenish Serum as above

Eyes: S5’s Renew Eye Cream £42*. I’ve been really enjoying this eye cream but I don’t think it’s necessary to spend a lot on eye cream, however I normally don’t mind too much because you’re using such a small amount, it’ll last forever (as opposed to replacing serums and moisturisers every couple of months). There are many ingredients in this product that claim to reduce dark circles, wrinkles and smoothen the eye area. I can certainly agree with the smoothing, but I would need to use it for a bit longer to see if it has any effect on my dark circles.

Moisturiser: Lattica Organics Whipped Shea Souffle*(@latticiaorganics on instagram) I don’t currently have pricing information for this product as I believe Latticia has closed her website for update. I think i’ve spoken about this product in another blog post, but i’ve definitely mentioned it on instagram, after I was gifted a ShadeSirch subscription box. It’s so nourishig and makes you skin look like someone bathed in you in shea and oil for 6 hours straight.
Sometimes I mix it up by using The Ordinary Natural Moisturising Factors £6.80 because different days require different things y’know.

Oil: As before

I’ve been really good at making sure I mask at least once a week, and I’ve been using the product that introduced me into Evolve in the first place; their Radiant Glow Mask £24*.  I wish I could fully explain how this mask works but I think it’s basically magic. I leave it on for waaay longer than recommended because i’m extra but I think it leaves my skin even softer if I leave it on. The ingredients are different than on the website because they changed the exfoliating ingredient. Instead of coconut shell, they use upcycled blueberry particles that gently buff the skin whilst the cacao powder and clay purify and the sweet almond oil counteracts the clay drying out the skin. When it interacts with water it turns into this creamy milk that rinses off. I truly believe this mask has been key in keeping my acne at bay and i’m super sad it’s almost finished because i haven’t ordered another yet:(

I’ve already had a handful of people try out the hyaluronic serum and radiant mask and they’ve loved it, so I definitely wanna hear if you grab any of these products. I’ve got a couple more reviews coming up with some more natural products that I’m really excited about.

My skin has been coming along great, spots still pop up but the scarring is almost non existent and every morning I wake up looking bright and smooth with my scars decreasing week by week.

Until next time,

Demi – Colleen x